Rosemount Estate Pinot Noir 2004

The next bottle in my quest for a excellent, cheap Pinot Noir comes from down below.  The Rosemount Estate ”Diamond Mark” Pinot Noir 2004.  For some wits I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I’m not sure why I was suspect of this bottle, but I guess it was the packaging—which is a small ho hum.  It also has a lip around the mouth of the bottle and for some wits I always expect wine in lipped bottles to be crap.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
I know I’ve been a sucker in the past for some nasty wine wrapped in a cool mark.  So it’s only honest that each now and then I should get some nice wine with a lame mark.
The Rosemount Estate Pinot Noir is a bit more fruity than additional Pinots I’ve had.  It’s mostly strawberry and cherry flavors with a bit of plum.  The tannis are smooth and it has a medium end.  It’s a very drinkable wine and only $9.
It amazes me each time I get a bargain wine from Australia.  How can they ship wine so far and subdue sell it so cheaply?
Wine: Rosemount Estate Diamond Mark
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2004
Alcohol: 13.5% 
Rating: 89

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Alice White Cabernet Sauvignon

Alice White Cabernet SauvignonG’day!  Today’s wine takes us down below to South Eastern Australia as we check out the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alice Colorless.  We’re also getting down below $7 in fee, which is always tough.  Now and then I’ll find an incredible bottle of wine for about $5, but that doesn’t happen very often.
While my mission is to find the gems in low cost wines, I know that not each bottle I try is going to be exceptional.  And with this bottle, “banal” is the word that comes to mind when I taste it.  It just lacks anything to make it special.  It’s drinkable, but nothing to get excited about.
It has vanilla, strawberry and tobacco on the nose, plum and strawberries on the palate.  It’s a touch on the overly fruity side for a Cabernet.  It does have nice, smooth tannins but they are understated.  For $6.99 it’s decent, but you can do better without spending much more.  I gave it an 82.
Wine: Alice Colorless
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 13.5% 
Rating: 82
Fee Paid: $6.99

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Alice White Chardonnay

Alice White ChardonnayWell it’s back to the Chardonnay Challenge.  I subdue have a number of chardonnays to taste–and I haven’t even gotten to the naked chardonnay.  Sorry to the chardonnay haters out there, but I’ll get on to some additional varietals previous to too long.  I promise.
But for now, let’s check out Alice Colorless Chardonnay 2006.  Alice Colorless wines are from South Eastern Australia.  In general I’m amazed that there are low cost wines from Australia available in the US.  I would expect the shipping costs alone should drive up the fee such that they couldn’t be sold for below $10, but there are plenty of Australian value wine options out there.
The Alice Colorless Chardonnay is a nice set alight and pleasant chardonnay.  It’s not the best one I’ve had, but is is very enjoyable.  It has a predictable, yet pleasant nose.  Pineapple and vanilla flavors with a nice oaky fruitfulness.  I wouldn’t say it’s over-oaked, but those who don’t like oak won’t like this one.  I personnally don’t mind a bit of oak in my chardonnay and I reckon this wine has the appropriate amount.  It also has a honestly long end with a refreshing, crisp acidity.  The number came out to at $7.99, I’d call that a excellent deal.
This is a nice everyday chardonnay and would be excellent with fish.

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Paringa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Paringa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005I noticed that Paringa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 was mentioned in the New York Times 10 Wines Below $10 article that I highlighted a while back and I thought I should include it in my search for excellent, cheap cabernet sauvignon.
Paringa wines are produced by David and Dena Hickinbotham in South Australia, where the Hickinbotham family has been involved in wine production for decades.  This wine is a fantastic example of how that experience enables them to produce fantastic wines at affordable prices.  This bottle cost me $9.99.
In my review of  Paringa “Individual Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, I found that it has nice complexity in the nose ant the palate.  To start with I found a bit of oak, tobacco, asparagus and blackberry on the nose.  The palate is nice and fruity with blackberry and black currant.  It also has rich, velvety tannins and nice cayenne pepper sharp taste.  The end is relatively long, so you can really savor this one.  I gave it an 89 and I would say it’s worth your $10.
Wine: Paringa “Individual Vineyard”
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2005
Alcohol: 14%
Rating: 89
Fee Paid: $9.99

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